THE PLOT THUS FAR
Best buddies Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are small-time janitors with big dreams of becoming Musketeers. Their lives are turned upside down when Peg-Leg Pete, captain of the Musketeers, and his sinister lieutenant Clarabelle use them in a dastardly plot to rid the kingdom of Princess Minnie — the only mouse standing in Pete’s way of the throne. Mickey, Donald, and Goofy may not look like heroes, but they have a surprise for Pete. Powered by teamwork and friendship, they soon learn that they can accomplish anything if they work together. Packed with swashbuckling action and six rousing songs — featuring comical spins on classical music by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and others — this exciting musical comedy is sure to be a hit with the entire family.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Three Musketeers” plays like an extended animated short. However, it’s also the first time that we’ve had the three Disney heroes team-up for the same film. Classical music scores the film, while we get to see versions of characters that we haven’t seen in ages. If anything, this is the perfect throwback film for fans of Classic Disney animation. So, what happened in the last decade?
For being a Disney animation release from the 00s, it’s not terrible. However, it suffers from a rushed pace and no sense of editing. The film runs 68 minutes in length, but it plays like a compilation of shorts rather than a cohesive narrative. I love the shorts, but the choppiest of the presentation totally put me out of the mood. But, I guess it’s just a matter of aesthetics.
The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD copy, Digital HD copy, deleted scenes, sing along songs, featurettes and a ton of related material! The A/V Quality is sharp for a DTV film. The 1080p transfer improves upon the initial release. Plus, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is sharp. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 08/12/2014